madmarvelouslife

A place to share and celebrate the madness and marvelouness of life.

Need a Reason to Celebrate?

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January Holidays that give you a reason to celebrate!

January 1 is The Mummer’s Parade.
January 1 is New Year’s Dishonor List Day.
January 1 is Get a Life Day.
January 1 is Z Day.
January 2 is Happy Mew Year for Cats.
January 2 is Motivation and Inspiration Day.
January 2 is National Science Fiction Day.
January 3 is Drinking Straw Day.
January 3 is JRR Tolkien Day.
January 4 is Trivia Day.
January 5 is Bird Day.
January 5 is Cuddle Up Day.
January 6 is Bean Day
January 6 is International Respect for Living Day.
January 7 is Old Rock Day.
January 8 is Bubble Bath Day.
January 8 is Fruitcake Toss Day.
January 8 is Learn to Ski Day.
January 9 is Balloon Ascension Day.
January 9 is Positively Penguins Day.
January 9 is National Static Electricity Day.
January 10 is Peculiar People Day.
January 10 is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.
January 10 is Volunteer Fireman’s Day.
January 10 is United Nations Day.
January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.
January 11 is National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day.
January 12 is National Pharmacists’ Day.
January 12 is National Marzipan Day.
January 13 is Public Radio Broadcasting Day.
January 13 is Make Your Dream Come True Day.
January 13 is Rubber Duckie Day.
January 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day.
January 14 is Organize Your Home Day.
January 15 is Hat Day.
January 15 is Bald Eagle Appreciation Day.
January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day.
January 16 is National Nothing Day.
January 16 is Religious Freedom Day.
January 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day.
January 17 is Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.
January 18 is Do Dah Parade Day.
January 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day.
January 18 is Thesaurus Day.
January 19 is Tin Can Day.
January 19 is National Popcorn Day.
January 19 is International Sing-Out Day.
January 19 is Archery Day.
January 20 is National Disc Jockey Day.
January 20 is National Buttercrunch Day.
January 20 is Basketball Day.
January 21 is National Hugging Day.
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day.
January 22 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.
January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day.
January 23 is National Pie Day.
January 23 is National Handwriting Day.
January 23 is Measure Your Feet Day.
January 24 is Belly Laugh Day.
January 24 is Compliment Day.
January 24 is Eskimo Pie Day.
January 25 is Opposite Day.
January 25 is Speak Up and Succeed Day.
January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day.
January 26 is Spouse’s Day.
January 26 is Australia Day.
January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day.
January 27 is Punch the Clock Day.
January 27 is Thomas Crapper Day.
January 28 is Fun at Work Day.
January 28 is National Kazoo Day.
January 28 is Clash Day.
January 28 is Rattle Snake Round Up Day.
January 29 is Freethinkers Day.
January 29 is Thomas Paine Day.
January 29 is National Puzzle Day.
January 29 is Seeing Eye Dog Day.
January 29 is Curmudgeons Day.
January 30 is Inane Answering Machine Message Day.
January 30 is Escape Day.
January 30 is National Croissant Day.
January 31 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.
January 31 is National Popcorn Day.
January 31 is Child Labor Day.
January 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

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How Romantic

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I’ve been sitting here, still pondering Valentine’s Day and other such romanticism, when I remembered this really great site I found once upon a time. You should check it out: Cardboard Love Notes

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Floor Fancies

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I just found these great floor cushions on Etsy which is such a great site that everyone should know about! They’re so colorful and unique and they look really comfortable. My kids love to sit and lay on the floor so these are officially on my shopping list. Thought you might like them too! Here’s the link if you’re interested: Floor Cushions And the best part is they are upcycled. I always feel better about making purchases if I think it’s good for the environment. Like I can use that as justification for making the purchase. Am I the only one who does that?

Vintage Valentines

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I was randomly browsing vintage Valentine’s Day goodies and I found some of the sweetest and funniest vintage Valentines cards. Thought you might enjoy them as much as I did.

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Locks of Love…Padlocks That Is

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So, I just learned about this new incredibly sweet lover’s tradition of sorts that I understand is referred to as Love Padlocks. I first read about it on one of my favorite blogs: Design Mom. I was of course fascinated by it so I googled it and wow! It is apparently a really popular tradition that started up in the 1980s in Hungary and has since spread like crazy. The tradition from what I can tell is to personalize the lock with the lovers’ names or initials, etc; place the lock; then throw the key into the nearest body of water to signify never-ending love. It makes me want to go put a padlock on something! What about you?

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Taking Risks

I wanted to quickly share something I heard last night.  I was in the hallway getting meds together and was listening to the multiple televisions playing in the patients’ rooms.  Because of that I am unaware as to what channel it was or any kind of specifics.  I did hear enough to understand that it was some type of memorial speech related to the recent loss of 2 students at a local community college.  I heard the speaker say, ” The easiest way to remember you have nothing to lose in life is to face the fact that one day you are going to die.”  He also said something I’ve heard many times in many ways, “We all want to go to Heaven, but none of us want to die to get there.”  I felt it was a reminder that we do need to try to live our lives to the fullest.  I do believe that God has given us the wisdom to take care and not be reckless.  I also believe that if we live our lives so cautiously that we never take any risks or try anything new, we have to question if we are truly living or just existing.  I pray that we all find our own way to appreciate and celebrate this blessing of life.

Art by artist Toni Frissell and available at www.art.com.

Graham Crackers

Here’s a few of links to some graham cracker recipes too.  Just in case you were to be in the Smores mood. 🙂

Graham Crackers at Smitten Kitchen

Graham Crackers at 101 Cooks

Graham Crackers at Martha Stewart

Art from www.kblog.lunchboxbunch.com and www.cafepress.com respectively.

Oooey Gooey

I have become particularly fascinated with one of the items from yesterday’s Fun Fall Activities list.  The homemade marshmallows.  The site that has the recipe is quite amazing.  You can use this link to Smitten Kitchen to check it out for yourself.   It is a beautiful site with lots of great pictures of one of the biggest loves of my life…food.  Back to the subject though, I think I am going to try these homemade marshmallows.  Here is the link right to the marshmallow recipe.  I’ll update you on how this turns out.  If you decide to try this as well, I would love to hear how it turns out for you.

Images from nbwildflowers.blogspot.com and funnydumpster.com respectively.

Mmmm….Hot Cocoa

This is some super cute hot cocoa I bought for the kids. It is Swiss Miss Marshmallow Madness

This morning I have been mulling over all of the delicious and beautiful things about fall.  There are the obvious things like the newly colored leaves on the trees, the excitement of Halloween, and the yumminess of Thanksgiving.  Then there are the things that we love but don’t think so much about.  Look below for a list of a few of my favorite things falling into that category.  I would love to hear from you about some of your favorite things in that category too.  Please and Thank you!  I have specifically been thinking about hot cocoa/chocolate this morning.  I think I am going to do a  preference poll on hot cocoa versus hot chocolate.  I understand after a little research that there really is a difference between them.  The end result of all of these thoughts has been my finding some great sites with fun things to do, eat, and drink for fall.  I will post links below.  I hope that you find something here that will add some happiness and beauty to your life.

Some of my favorite and less obvious things about fall:

Snuggling under the covers with my preciously wonderful husband because it is cold outside of the covers.

The tingle and pinkness you get on your cheeks when the crisp cold air blows across them.  Especially on little people.

The crunchy sound you hear when you walk across leaves on the ground.

The warmth of the heated seat in my SUV while I’m driving home from work.

Soup.  I love soup and feel that the cooler months of fall and winter are the perfect time for some soup.

*FYI: I often refer to children as little people.

Links to great sites with fun and yummy things:

Fun Activities for Fall

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Fun Hot Cocoa Recipe

Creamy Hot Chocolate

Minty Hot Chocolate

50 Soup Recipes

The recipes are from Taste of Home and Food Network if anyone is curious.  I would love to get comments with links to any fall fun and deliciousness that you have found.  The tree tops art is from art.com.

Work in progress…

As an effect of my working full-time, it appears I may be slow with progression here.  I am confident that as I become more familiar with this new adventure, this site is going to become a beautiful thing.

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